Meet the Team

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Communication Director

Jared is a proud citizen of the Navajo Nation. He was raised in Naschitti, N.M. Jared is Tł’ááshchí’í (Red Bottom People) born for Táchii’nii (Red-Running-Into-The-Water). His maternal grandfathers are Tábąąhá (Water's Edge) and his paternal grandfathers are Dziłtł’ahnii (Mountain Cove). 

Jared has more than 15 years of experience in public relations, advocacy, and event planning. He currently serves as the communications director at the Navajo Nation Washinton Office and handles the international affairs and sacred places portfolio. Jared was part of the Navajo Nation delegation that successfully repatriated seven sacred Navajo masks that were up for auction in Paris France. 

Jared holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the Colorado College.

Government and Legislative Affairs Associate

Natasha John is a government and legislative affairs associate at the Navajo Nation Washington Office. She is from Stillwater, Oklahoma and is a member of the Navajo Nation. Her clans are Bilagáana, born for Tł’ááshchí’í. She gained dual Bachelors of Arts degrees in Global Studies and Joint History/Political Science from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and her Masters of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. She comes to NNWO from the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Her portfolio includes infrastructure, telecommunications, economic development, agriculture, environment, energy, and taxation.

Deputy Executive Director

Perry Riggs is the deputy executive director for the Navajo Nation Washington Office (NNWO). Prior to Joining NNWO, Perry was an attorney for the Gila River Indian Community, the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, as well as private practice on the Navajo Nation. Perry has been a licensed attorney with the State Bar of Arizona since 1999 and he has a J.D., MBA and a BS in electrical engineering from Arizona State University.

Perry is also Navajo from Leupp, Arizona. He is Kinyaa’aanii (Towering House), born for Naakai Dine’e (Mexican Clan). His maternal grandfathers are Tl’aashchi’i (Red Bottom People) and his paternal grandfathers are Tl’izilani (Many Goats).